Finding a nanny

How to attract the best nanny candidates

Your ad draws nannies to your family—the more attractive the ad, the more interest you'll receive. So, what makes an ad stand out?

If you're looking for a part-time nanny, you'll want to consider the fact that they will have other commitments. It's important to share your needs with applicants so they can think about how the role will fit with their schedule. This will save you time by avoiding candidates who can't actually consider the position.

The most experienced nannies are in high demand and often work with more than one family. They're looking for a good connection. You'll receive more views—and a higher chance of a perfect match—if you include an interesting family description.

You can view some examples of current ads here.

Three tips to attract the best nanny candidates:

Be clear about the days and hours you require and if you can offer any flexibility.

Like this: We have a preference for Mondays and Tuesdays from 8:30am to 4:30pm but can be flexible for the right person.

Not like this: Mondays and Tuesdays.

Tell the nannies about your family.

Like this: We're a couple in our mid-thirties with one child, Jess. We've moved from Sydney where we had a nanny and we are now looking for a part-time nanny in Melbourne. We work in marketing and software development. We enjoy weekend play dates, brunch, exploring the city and bush walking. Jess likes dogs, sandpits and bananas!

Not like this: Parents needing help with childcare. Two kids.

If you are open to negotiation, mention it.

Like this: We are interested in finding the right nanny for our family and we are open to negotiation regarding hours and pay.

Ready to find your new nanny? Place an ad on Nanny Match. It'll publish to our site, social media and newsletter.